The next version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS will have support for Android apps, but first RIM needs to get those apps from developers. RIM wants to make sure developers submit their converted Android apps by February 6 for the release of PlayBook OS 2.0.
The Android apps will run using BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, which means that developers don’t need to do much to get their apps in. RIM just asks that they remove all references to Android within the app, signed, and marked for a minimum of PlayBook OS 2.0. Then developers just need to use tools to convert their APK files to BAR files, and submit them to RIM.
RIM makes the process sound relatively easy, and hopefully it is. The PlayBook doesn’t have too many great apps available at the moment. Maybe PlayBook OS 2.0 will change that, with Android apps leading the way. I just hope that it means we might finally see the Kindle app for the PlayBook that was promised when the device launched. It’s the one app I always wanted on RIM’s tablet.